The DWP has announced its intention to amend the Pensions Bill to abolish the protected rights survivors’ benefit rule. This rule currently requires an individual with a spouse or civil partner, at the point of annuitisation, to use any contracted-out rights in their pension pot to purchase a joint life annuity. However, it is widely agreed that, depending on their personal circumstances, a joint life annuity may not be in a couple's best interests. This move will be welcomed by pension providers who will celebrate the loss of red-tape and by members who enjoy greater flexibility when purchasing annuities.